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Alaska Cannabis Festival Under Investigation for Allowing Pot Consumption

Organizers of an Alaska cannabis festival who allowed adult participants to consume pot in public are facing an investigation and possible fine. The director of the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office will recommend a penalty for Alaska Hempfest, a …

Some Recreational Cannabis Products to Remain Banned Under New Canada Law

A key segment of Canada’s marijuana industry will remain banned for up to a year after the drug becomes legal for recreational use — making it harder for Justin Trudeau to kill off the black market. Edibles, beverages, and pot …

Canadian Health Insurers Reluctant to Provide Cover for Medical Marijuana

Sun Life Financial, Canada’s No. 2 insurer, recently started covering medical marijuana in its Canadian health insurance plan – more than 17 years after the country first legalized it. The coverage, which requires employers to pay a premium, extends only …

Canada’s Evergreen Pacific Insurance Corp. to Buy Natural Health Provider Synergy

Evergreen Pacific Insurance Corp. (EPIC), the Toronto-based financial-services holding company, announced it has signed a binding agreement to acquire a majority interest in Synergy Health Services, subject to completion of customary due diligence. Financial details of the transaction were not …

Canada Set to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Canada is set to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalize recreational marijuana after a bill from Justin Trudeau’s government won the backing of the upper chamber. The Senate’s approval in a vote Tuesday night in Ottawa clears …

More Employers Adopting ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy for Marijuana Use

FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs. Those employers and many others are quietly taking what once …

Canada on Track to Legalize Marijuana

Canada’s marijuana legalization took a big step forward as the Senate passed an amended bill, meaning Justin Trudeau’s government can probably finalize the law and open the market in the next few months. Bill C-45 passed by a vote of …

Oregon County Wants to Increase Marijuana Enforcement

An Oregon county is trying to crack down on illegal marijuana production by hiring two enforcement officers, and to limit new legal grows by considering a pause on the processing of applications to produce cannabis. The move this week by …

Legal Marijuana Worries Canadian Oil Companies with Strict Drug Testing Regimes

Once recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada, Garnet Amundson says it will get a lot harder to find the workers he needs at Essential Energy Services Ltd. And he isn’t the only employer who’s worried. Essential Energy provides services to …

Too Few Legal Pot Operators in California Concern for Those in Pipeline

Like many pot shops in California, the Urbn Leaf in San Diego bulked up its inventory before legal sales began on Jan. 1, stockpiling enough marijuana to last for months because no one knew what the era of legal pot …